Soledad O’Brien to Talk About The Media on This Week’s Episode of Peacock’s Late-Night Comedy “Wilmore”

Soledad O’Brien is ready to talk ship with Larry Wilmore.

The 54-year-old half-Afro-Cuban American broadcast journalist and executive producer will appear on this week’s episode of Wilmore, the Peacock late-night comedy fronted by Wilmore.

Soledad O’Brien

The episode, which will focus on the media, will also feature The West Wing star Bradley Whitford and Saturday Night Live’s Chris Redd.

O’Brien is the host of Matter of Fact, a nationally syndicated talk show produced by Hearst Television. She is chairwoman of Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production company and distributor that she founded in 2013. She’s also a member of the Peabody Awards board of directors, which is presented by the University of Georgia‘s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

 

She previously worked as an anchor for CNN, and has worked as a correspondent for Al Jazeera America and HBO‘s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

Wilmore is going into his sixth show since launching on the streamer. Other topics he has tackled include protests, voter suppression, police, class, and comparing where we are to the 2016 presidential election.

Guests have included U.S. women’s soccer co-captain Megan Rapinoe, Charlamagne Tha God, Andrew Yang, Roy Wood Jr. and Chloé Hilliard as well as his Peacock peer Amber Ruffin.

Jaime Camil to Star in Still Untitled Apple TV+ Musical Comedy

Jaime Camil has found the Apple (project) of his eye…

Apple TV+ has set a star-studded ensemble cast for its upcoming musical comedy that includes the 47-year-old Mexican actor, singer and television personality.

Jaime Camil

In addition to Camil, the project – which will be led by Saturday Night Live‘s Cecily Strong and executive produced by Lorne MichaelsBroadway Video – will also star Keegan-Michael Key, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron, Ariana DeBose, Jane Krakowski and Ann Harada.

Written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, the as-yet untitled comedy series follows a couple on a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship when they discover the magical town of Schmigadoon, in which everyone acts as if they’re in a studio musical from the 1940s. They then discover that they can’t leave until they find “true love.”

Key will play Josh, Melissa’s (Strong) long term, pragmatic partner, and the last person who wants to be stuck in this magical town. Cumming is Mayor Menlove, the welcoming mayor of the town with a secret (and a song) in his heart. Armisen plays Reverend Layton, the mild-mannered religious leader of the town. Chenoweth is Mildred Layton, Reverend Layton’s morally superior wife who is in everybody’s business. Tveit plays Danny Bailey, the town bad boy who is trouble with a capital T, especially once he sets his sights on Melissa. Cameron is Betsy, the farmers daughter who instantly falls for Josh. DeBose portrays Emma Tate, a more modern woman and the town’s teacher, she struggles to fit into the town’s strict mold. Camil plays Doc Lopez, the handsome town doctor with an icy heart. Krakowski plays The Countess, a stunning and sophisticated woman determined to marry Doc Lopez. Harada is Florence Menlove, the oblivious and dutiful wife of Mayor Menlove.

Paul will serve as showrunner, and will write all of the original music. Barry Sonnenfeld will direct.

The series hails from Broadway Video and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.

Camil earned two Teen Choice Awards for his scene-stealing role on Jane the Virgin.

Fred Armisen to Appear in Audible’s Mockumentary “The Special Relationship”

Fred Armisen has a new relationship

The53-year-old half-Venezuelan Emmy-nominated actor/comedian and former Saturday Night Live cast member will take part in Audible’’s new mockumentary The Special Relationship.

Fred Armisen

Hailing from Alex Owen and Ben Ashenden, theUK comedy duo known as The Pin, the series will follow two misguided British sketch comedians attempting to ‘make it’ in America with satirical nods to a post-Brexit Britain trying to ‘go it alone’. 

The mockumentary will feature a mix of live sketches and ‘documentary footage.’

In addition to Armisen, performers set to take part in the project include Cecily StrongJamie DemetriouJohn ReynoldsKate BerlantLolly Adefope, Sally PhillipsJanine Harouni and Charly Clive.

Owen and Ashenden’s are best known for their work on BBC Radio 4 and acclaimed live shows.

The Audible pod series is set to launch at the beginning of August.

In addition to SNL, Armisen s the co-creator and co-star of the IFC sketch comedy series Portlandia. He is also the bandleader and frequent drummer for the Late Night with Seth Meyers house band, The 8G Band

Melissa Villaseñor to Appear in Saturday Night Live’s Second At-Home Episode

Melissa Villaseñor will be bringing the laughs once again from the comfort of her home…

Saturday Night Live will air its second at-home episode on April 25, featuring the 32-year-old Mexican American comedian/actress.

Melissa Villaseñor

The episode was announced Thursday on the show’s Twitter feed, accompanied by a video of the cast joining in a video conference call.

Saturday’s edition of the show will be the second one produced remotely, with cast members all filming sketches from their homes. 

The first, which aired April 11, pulled in SNL‘s second-best same day ratings of the season, trailing only the Eddie Murphy-hosted installment in December.

Tom Hanksserved as the nominal host for the episode, introducing the show from his kitchen and returning to wrap up the episode. He didn’t take part in any sketches. 

Chris Martinwas the musical guest, performing in front of a hand-drawn backdrop mimicking the SNL stage.

No host or musical guest information for Saturday’s edition was available at publication time.

Bruno Mars Agrees to Star in a Future Disney Feature

Bruno Marsis ready for his close-up…

Following months of talks, Disney has set a deal with the 34-year-old part-Puerto Rican Grammy-winning singer to develop a music-themed theatrical narrative feature that Mars will star in and produce. 

Bruno Mars

The plot is being kept under wraps, but will reportedly consist of mostly original music that Mars will write and perform.

Mars previously appeared in Honeymoon in Vegasand was a featured voice in Rio 2

Mars has won 11 Grammys, and has sold more than 200 million singles worldwide, establishing him as one of the bestselling artists of all time. He swept the 60th Grammys, winning six trophies including the “Big 3” — Album of the YearRecord of the Year, and Song of the Year. A two-time Super Bowlhalftime performer, Mars has had more No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100than any other male artist in the last decade. 

Mars previously showed his charismatic and exceptionally versatile acting chops as a host on Saturday Night Liveseveral years ago. 

Jennifer Lopez to Host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” Next Month

The third time’s the charm forJennifer Lopez

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar is set to host NBC’s late-night sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live.

Jennifer Lopez

Closing out the year with three new shows, SNLwill return on December 7 with Lopez hosting, and DaBaby as the musical guest. The episode marks Lopez’s third time as host.

J.Lo, who earned a Spirit Awardsnomination this week for Hustlers, last hosted the show on February 27, 2010, when she pulled double duty as the musical guest as well.

HBO Renews Fred Armisen’s Spanish-Language Series “Los Espookys” for Second Season

There’s more espooky time in Fred Armisen‘s future…

HBO has ordered a second season of Los Espookys, its half-hour primarily Spanish-language comedy series from the 52-year-old half-Venezuelan American actor/comedian and Saturday Night Live alum and Lorne Michaels‘ Broadway Video.

Fred Armisen

Created and written by Armisen, Ana Fabregaand Julio Torres, the series is set in a strange and dreamy version of a present-day Latin American country and follows a group of friends turning their love for horror into a peculiar business.

“It’s a really fun, original, delightful show,” says HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys.

Fabrega and Torres star along with Cassandra CiangherottiBernardo Velasco and Armisen.

Armisen, Michaels, Andrew Singer and Alice Mathiasexecutive produce; Fabrega, Torres and Nate Youngco-executive produce. 

Fernando Friasdirected the entire first season. 

The series is produced by Broadway Video in association with AntigravicoMás Mejorand the Oscar-winning Chilean production company Fabula.

Melissa Villaseñor to Guest Star on Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”

Melissa Villaseñor is ready to ride shotgun…

The 31-year-old actress, stand-up comedian, impressionist and Saturday Night Live cast member is set to guest star on the new season of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Melissa Villaseñor

The series, created and executive produced by Seinfeld, features vintage cars, funny conversations and a lot of caffeine as Jerry picks up each guest in a special car.

In addition to Villaseñor, SNL’s first Latina cast member, other guest stars for the new season include Martin ShortRicky GervaisMatthew BroderickEddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, Sebastian ManiscalcoMario JoynerBridget Everettand Barry Marder.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Season 11 premieres July 19 on Netflix

NBC Picks Up Stephanie Beatriz’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” for a Sixth Season After Fox’s Cancellation

Stephanie Beatriz isn’t retiring after all…

Shortly after Fox cancelled Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the cop comedy series, starring the 37-year-old Argentine-born American actress, has been picked up by NBC for a 13-episode sixth season.

Stephanie Beatriz

NBC, whose sister studio Universal TV produces the Andy Samberg-starring series, was one of the potential suitors for the comedy after its cancellation.

NBC also was among the broadcast networks that bid for the Brooklyn Nine-Nine pitch from creators Mike Schur and Dan Goor when it hit the marketplace in 2012 before the project landed at Fox in a very competitive situation.

“Ever since we sold this show to Fox I’ve regretted letting it get away, and it’s high time it came back to its rightful home,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “Mike Schur, Dan Goor, and Andy Samberg grew up on NBC and we’re all thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and best cast comedies in a long time will take its place in our comedy line-up. I speak for everyone at NBC, here’s to the Nine-Nine!”

Created by the Parks and Recreation duo of Goor and Schur, former college roommates, Brooklyn Nine-Nine centers on Peralta, played by Saturday Night Live alum Samberg, a screwball who happens to be a real good cop. His captain in the NYPD’s 99th Precinct is Raymond Holt, a seen-it-all and emotion-challenged captain played by Andre Braugher, who scored three consecutive Emmy noms for Supporting Actor from 2014-2016. Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Beatriz, Chelsea Peretti, Joel McKinnon Miller and Dirk Blocker also star.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which was Fox’s highest-rated live-action comedy series this season among adults 18-49, is produced by Universal Television.

The show won two Golden Globes in its freshman season — for best comedy series and best actor in a comedy series (Samberg).

Cardi B to Make Her “Saturday Night Live” Debut in April

Cardi B is headed to Saturday Night Live

The 25-year-old Dominican American rapper/singer will make her SNL debut on April 7.

Cardi B

Carbi B has been tapped as the guest performer that night.

She’ll share the stage with Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, who will be the host.

Cardi B has managed to crush records thanks to the might of her hit singles “Bodak Yellow” and “Bartier Cardi,” as well as collaborations that have kept her topping both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts.